Salisbury Press

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Curtain Rises: Bethlehem ‘Suffragette City’ for ‘19: The Musical’

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Bethlehem becomes “Suffragette City” May 25.

Crowded Kitchen Players presents the Lehigh Valley debut of a concert version of “19: The Musical,” a work in progress with performances planned in 2020 for the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote in the United States.

Performances of the 75-minute (with no intermission) “muscal overview of the play” are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 25, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem. The performances are part of the “IceHouse Tonight” series.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Grants increased in 2018; gaming grant uncertain in 2019

Third of four parts

The amount of grants received by the Salisbury Township Police Department increased in 2018, compared to the amount of grants received in 2017.

The Salisbury Township Police Department received $147,923.98 in grants in 2018, an increase from $127,363.30 received in grants in 2017, an increase from $133,416.89 in grants received in 2016 and an increase from $57,023 in grants received in 2015.

The Lehigh County Gaming Grant contributed the majority of the amount in grants received by the township police department in 2018.

Allentown Symphony ‘Inside the Score’ unveils world premiere

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve ever wanted to know how a classical piece of music is created, developed and brought to the concert stage, you won’t want to miss “Inside the Score: A New Cello Concerto” by Matthew Quayle, with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra featuring cello soloist Jameson Platte, 7:30 p.m. May 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“Matt Quayle, the composer, is good friends with Jameson Platte, our principal cellist,” says Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor.

Night on the Town: Steve Brosky working on his Tavern Tan at Godfrey’s

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Steve Brosky has been working on his tan, as in Tavern Tan, for a double bill, “Tough Tales & Rock Solid Saloon Songs,” 8 p.m. May 23, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

“Godfrey’s is a staple here in the Lehigh Valley. It’s a real gem,” Brosky says.

Tavern Tan is Doug Ashby, guitar, vocals; Andrew Brubaker, guitar, vocals; Tom Aczel, harmonica, vocals; Bill Melcher, bass, and Dave Joachim, drums, vocals.

Movie Review: ‘Red’ all over

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Red Joan” is an odd little film worth seeing for several fine performances and a retelling of an apparently little-known World War II and Cold War era spy case.

The film has the potential of a Hitchcockian thriller, not unlike director Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller, “Saboteur” (1942).

Though it doesn’t square the circle in fulfilling the dramtic arc of the classic Hitchcock film, “Red Joan” is of interest to fans of spy thrillers, World War II history buffs and those who follow the performances of Dame Judith Olivia Dench. otherwise know as Judi Dench.

Concert Review: 112th Bach Festival of Bethlehem has many memorable moments

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

They come for the “Mass,” but they stay for the cantatas, world premieres, instrumental works and events.

The 112th Bach Festival of Bethlehem, which continues May 17 and 18, ran the gamut of emotions, from somber reflection, to fascinating scholarship, to wonderful new works, to exciting soloists and instrumentalists to, yes, the grandeur of J.S. Bach’s “Mass in B Minor.”

There’s so much to take in at the Bach Festival, that a review cannot truly do it justice. Even so, there are moments to remember from the May 10 and 11 performances and events.

Movie Review: ‘Endgame,’ or is it?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is called “Avengers: Endgame.”

To quote the rock band, The Who, “Don’t get fooled again.”

There will be plenty more to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though some of the main characters may be gone.

At the risk of being attacked by “Avengers” fans, we say no more.

Fans will relish “Avengers: Endgame” for its panoply of Marvel characters, quippy dialogue between characters, and huge action scenes, especially a concluding battle that recreates an armageddon of Biblical proportions.

On the road to Bethlehem for the Bach Festival in May

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Another May. Another ‘Mass.’”

So observed David R. Umla, of Allentown, who has sung J. S. Bach’s “Mass In B Minor” in the Bass I section of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for two decades since the 1998-1999 season.

“It’s like coming home,” said Umla, standing outside Packer Memorial Church on the Lehigh University campus in Bethlehem between sessions of the “Mass,” presented in two parts on the afternoon of May 11 for the 112th Bach Festival.

“It never gets old,” continued Umla. “I could sing it every weekend.”

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Reports of offenses decline again in township

Reports of offenses in Salisbury Township in 2018 appear to have declined again in a year-to-year comparison in the Uniform Crime Report.

Offenses listed under the Uniform Crime Report totaled 365 in 2018, down from 458 in 2017, down from 443 in 2016 and up from 244 in 2015.

Criminal investigation activity was stable in most major categories in 2018, compared to 2017.

By category, burglary reports decreased by nearly two-thirds.

There were also decreases in theft, auto theft, assault, sexual assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Chief to retire

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Although it’s not official, Salisbury Township Chief Of Police Allen W. Stiles expects to retire this year.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is already weighing its options, including possibly hiring a consultant to advise in the choosing of Stiles’ successor.

During the workshop following the May 9 meeting, township commissioners discussed a proposal from the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College concerning police chief recruitment.